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OPORA and Techsoup are joining forces to set standards around good practices for opening public data making it available for citizens’ usage in Ukraine. We promote the use of open public data and its implementation in online services across sectors by all community members, with a focus on transparency and accountability tools for civil society.

Apps4Cities or "Дані міст" is an initiative of the Civil Network OPORA and TechSoup supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The project focuses on the importance of open data and its role in strengthening democracy by providing citizens a tangible way to hold governments more accountable. More open and transparent public information encourages citizens to take ownership of their local government activities, helps create a “smarter” community, and improves the overall quality of life for its residents.

Apps4Cities combines:

Analysis of open data in Ukrainian cities:

A research of the current situation of open public data in Ukraine will show how legal requirements are implemented on the city level in different regional centers of the country, as well as how civil society actors are currently taking action to respond to existing state of affairs. The research will be followed by a series of public information requests to numerous Ukrainian cities, to bring more data to the table and boost a national discussion over public data. Lessons learned from public officers throughout the process will be used to prepare recommendations on opening data for Ukrainian public offices.

Education and information campaign

A series of offline and online activities catered for specific community groups  (public officers, IT crowd, academia, business, NGOs, civic activists, independent media, etc.), will be hosted to encourage  them to participate in the challenge, and in the long run will build a community of open data advocates and users.

Apps4Cities Challenge

Apps4Cities will organize an app challenge using open data followed by a tailored-made incubation of the winning apps. The format of the competition gives everyone an opportunity to develop services which will be useful to city inhabitants and encourages cross-sectoral cooperation between team members and a variety of different community stakeholders.

It is possible to take part in the competition in two ways: “I have an idea” or “Take an idea”. Please find the details in the infographic below. The challenge concludes with an Award Gala on December 2nd, 2016 to be held in Kyiv, Ukraine.

All challenge apps must use at least one open public data set from Ukrainian cities. Other open data is welcome, too. Open solutions (open code and license, as well as using WCAG 2.0 standard) are preferred.

If interested, come to our meetings, bring your ideas, or join one of the teams! Wish to learn more? Contact us!